Weekend: Fishy fun

KYLIEGH LOVELL displays the fish she caught at last year's youth fishing event, sponsored by the Hancock Park District. This year's Youth Fish Festival will be held Saturday at Giertz Lake in Riverbend Recreation Area. (Photo provided)

KYLIEGH LOVELL displays the fish she caught at last year’s youth fishing event, sponsored by the Hancock Park District. This year’s Youth Fish Festival will be held Saturday at Giertz Lake in Riverbend Recreation Area. (Photo provided)

Young anglers can try their luck as the Hancock Park District hosts its annual youth fishing event on Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Giertz Lake in Riverbend Recreation Area. The event is being hosted in cooperation with a trout stocking, courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
The event is open to youth 4-13 years old, and they must be accompanied by an adult at least 18 years old. Upon arrival, all anglers must register at the Lake Front Activity Center. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m.
Fishing will be allowed by the bank only. The fishing is for children, but limited adult assistance is permitted. All state fishing rules and regulations must be followed and anglers are asked to take home the first five trout they catch. No catch and release is permitted. Live bait will be for sale on site.
Throughout the morning, registered participants’ names will be drawn for random prize drawings. Participants must be present to win. Prizes are being donated courtesy of the ODNR Division of Wildlife, WFIN/WKXA/The Fox and Centennial Screen Printing and Engraving. A food and drink concession will also be available through the Findlay Area Civitan Club in shelter 4.
The Youth Fish Festival will be held rain or shine, except in the event of extremely threatening weather conditions. Riverbend Recreation Area is located on Township 208, off Ohio 568 east of Findlay.
For more information about other upcoming programs, view the HPD Seasonal Program Guide at www.HancockParks.com under the “What’s New” section, or stop at the Hancock Park District office, located at 1424 E. Main Cross St. Findlay, or call 419-425-PARK.

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